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The second week of Management 300 has now come to an end and although it was initially intimidating I can now say I am genuinely excited for rest of this course to take shape. The two things I want to reflect on are MikesBikes and the process of forming groups

The first impression I got from MikesBikes is that was TERRIBLE; I struggled to get any positive changes in my Share Holder Value (SHV) and the learning manuals were overwhelmingly long. However, the fear of being put into a terrible group pushed me on to pursue a SHV over $25 and once I was able to get accustomed to the program I was soon making great progress. Approximately two and a half hours after sitting down I had my first positive change in SHV; approximately three hours after sitting down my shareholder value was over $40 and I was addicted. If it had not previously scheduled plans I am sure I would have spent even much more time trying to get the highest SVH I possibly could. This scenario, for me, is a good metaphor of the entire course. Although MGMT 300 often seems daunting and time consuming the course is also very rewarding; once these rewards are realized work that once seemed daunting is now enjoyable, maybe even addicting.

The process to form groups was very streamlined in my opinion. Last year I completed the third year of my program at my home university, the University of British Columbia. The year was entirely focused around group projects, presentations, and papers; almost every large assignment we had was to be completed with a group, which was decided by the teacher. These groups were built based on diversity of gender, culture, grades, background, and goals. The year was very rewarding, not just in school, but also because I made many new friends I would not have had the change of meeting. Katzenbach and Smith (1992) state that teamwork helps “students enjoy grappling with the ideas and problems the class presents, and they also develop a sense of community among the students that contributes to the departmental or school esprit de corps.” I can completely relate to this idea with my previous experience, however, the one thing I absolutely hated about it was the goal diversity. Team members often had entirely different expectations for what grades they wanted to accomplish and this resulted in all kinds of issues, including, but not limited to, certain team members carrying others, high tensions, and many frustrating evenings. For this reason I was so glad to see that Peter had organized the teams based around goals. We had the chance to meet our teams earlier this afternoon and already I can say I am very happy with my group; not only does everyone’s personalities seem to get along but we are very unified when its comes to expectations based on grades. This is a great system and I hope to see it implemented into my home university eventually.

Overall the first two weeks of MGMT 300 has been very interesting and I am excited to see what it has to offer in the future!

 

References

Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matterMcKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27

 

2 Comments

  1. I totally agree with you! After this week, I think most people are certainly more aware of what is expected of us and are looking forward to the challenges we will face and overcome this semester. I really enjoyed reading you're reflection and think it is clear and concise. The use of your past experiences in team work helped me to understand how you have learned the value of team work and working with people - the use of references also added to its validity.

    While I struggle to find criticism of your journal, my only advice would be to maybe make your reflection a little longer, and with a little more linkage to the references in order to gain some more depth and analysis. As this may have been a LITTLE light on theory and explanation of it.

    Other than that, there were little to no grammatical or spelling errors and I really enjoyed reading your learning journal and came away learning something new about you!

    Well done!

     

  2. The best part about this journal was that (whether intentionally or not!) I believe you followed Blooms taxonomy rather well in that you recognized your learning and established how it had come to be through reflection of your past experiences (that being those at your previous school). This created a strong foundation for your journal and clearly portrayed your learning pattern for the week.

    If there was any weakness and this bearing in mind I doubt anyone truly yet understands what compromises a good journal, it was that the journal felt a little unbalanced; perhaps because the fist paragraph contained no reference(s) and this helped compound a perception of somewhat superficial thoughts regarding your learning surrounding mikebikes. If that learning could have been linked perhaps to a reference outside of the readings (as none were particularly appropriate) it may have added significant gravitas to your work. 

    However very good overall. Cheers